Smalling injury concerns resurface for Roma after training incident, report suggests

Recent reports indicate that Roma is concerned about Chris Smalling suffering a setback in his injury recovery after experiencing discomfort during training on Sunday.

Smalling's Injury Setback
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Recent reports suggest that Roma harbours concerns over centre-back Chris Smalling encountering a setback in his recovery journey from injury. The former Manchester United defender reportedly experienced discomfort during training on Sunday morning, prompting fears of a new setback.

Since September, Smalling has been sidelined from all competitions due to an ongoing tendon issue. Despite being included as a substitute in Roma’s recent 4-2 defeat against league leaders Inter at the Stadio Olimpico, the 34-year-old remained on the bench at the discretion of manager Daniele De Rossi. This marked his first inclusion in the matchday squad since the 2-1 loss to Milan on September 9.

However, as per details from Il Corriere dello Sport, Smalling’s training session on Sunday was cut short due to discomfort he experienced during the drills. Although he participated in the warm-up and intended to engage in Roma’s tactical exercises, he withdrew from the pitch shortly thereafter.

The presence of heavy rain, resulting in a waterlogged training pitch at Trigoria, might have contributed to Smalling’s decision to end his training session prematurely. Il Corriere suggests that the adverse weather conditions could have posed an unnecessary risk to his recovery process.

Chris Smalling

Chris Smalling

Defender

EnglandEngland

Age: 35

194 cm

81 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 5 21 Missed
Minutes 331 66.2 Avg
Goals 0 0.0 Avg
Assist 0 0.0 Avg
Attempt 1 0.2 Avg
Passes 175 35.068.8% AvgSucc
Yellow 0 0.0 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

Roma performance and stats

Roma

Manager: Daniele De Rossi
Rank 6th
Win 13
Draw 5
Loss 8
Goals 48-32
Diff 16
Rank 2nd
Win 4
Draw 1
Loss 1
Goals 12-4
Diff 8

Roma is currently 2nd in the Europa League with 13 points.

In the last 6 games, it has won 4 times, drawn once, and lost once. In its last match, Roma won 3-0 against Sheriff.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 12 goals and conceding 4.​

Roma will play the next match in Europa League against Feyenoord on Thursday 15th of February in Rotterdam. The prediction is Feyenoord winning the match.​